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2019: As campaigns for titanic battle begin

  • Buhari, Atiku Plot to Capture 13 Battleground States
  • President to Hinge Campaign on Projects
  • Ex-VP Launches Policy Statement Tomorrow
  • APC, PDP to Spend Billions on Rallies, Logistics

As campaigns for the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections commence today, a member of the Muhammadu Buhari Presidential Campaign Organisation in 2015, Osita Okechukwu, said the thrust of the president’s campaigns would be “on-going critical infrastructure projects across the country”.

Okechukwu, the Director-General, Voice of Nigeria (VON), who spoke on phone with Daily Trust on Sunday, said President Buhari would not use money during the campaigns.

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He said having been with President Buhari for over a decade, he believed the APC candidate would focus on things that people can see.  He cited   the second Niger Bridge in the South-East, the Mambilla Hydroelectricity Power Plant in the North-East and the standard gauge rail lines between Lagos and Ibadan as some of those projects.

He said, “When you embark on such massive infrastructure projects, the tendency is that you have no money to distribute and people might misunderstand you.”

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, former Vice President  Atiku Abubakar, on the other hand, will commence his campaign with the launch of a policy plan for Nigeria.

In a special announcement, he said the programme tagged, “Let’s get Nigeria working again- My plan to get Nigeria working again”, will be launched tomorrow.

The announcement stated that Nigerians can watch the launch at “facebook/atiku.org” and at “twitter.com/atiku”.

A statement issued by the Atiku Presidential

Campaign Organisation, said the decision to kick-start his presidential campaign with the launch of a policy document is to reiterate his commitment to run an issue-based campaign.

“The intention is to take our policy directly to Nigerians and to register the belief of Atiku that it will take the collective effort of every Nigerian to rebuild the country. That is why we want Nigerians to access the policy directly and ultimately take ownership of it,” the statement said.

It added that the campaign of the organisation would offer a simple message: “united, the people of Nigeria can begin anew, creating a prosperous and secure future and a better life for every Nigerian.”

It stated that on the first working day of the campaign, the PDP and its candidate, Abubakar would put forward his plan to get Nigeria working again.

“We have chosen to do this by having the PDP presidential candidate speak directly to the Nigerian people on Facebook. This medium came about as part of the telecommunications revolution that he helped start as Vice President in 1999-2007.

“We have also chosen to have our candidate speak online as it facilitates the ability for anyone to download a copy of his policy document at no cost.

“Our policy document focuses on creating jobs, ensuring security, growing business, developing power and water infrastructure, agriculture and education and how we will empower women, our policies outline the goals and methods for developing and revitalising Nigeria as the foundation of our campaign.

“This policy document is being launched to encourage a dialogue with the people of Nigeria, inviting everyone to join us in helping to get Nigeria working again,” the statement added.

It said that Atiku looked forward to conducting vital discussions as he travels across the length and breadth of Nigeria, meeting and talking with stakeholders.

The stakeholders, according to the organisation, include farmers, small business people, workers, students, mothers, and children.

“We recognise that this will be a vigorous and hard fought election. We are completely confident that with peaceful, free and fair elections, we will be victorious,” the statement added.

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